Alila Villas Uluwatu
What We Love
- Stunning clifftop location, with Indian Ocean views everywhere
- The elegant five-room spa, with half-day and daylong programs
- Authentic cuisine at the Warung (from an open kitchen)
- Personalized service: A butler is assigned to each villa
- All villas have a private pool
- The first resort in Bali built to EarthCheck’s building, planning and design standards
What To Know
- The location is remote; it’s an hour to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife
- The sea here is too rough for swimming, though there are renowned surfing spots nearby
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center with yoga classes
- Some verandas are suspended over shared walkways—very romantic but not entirely private
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set along 35 clifftop acres on Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula, this resort balances a striking modern style with a commendable environmental commitment. The 84 individual villas feature spacious, uncluttered interiors, private pools and plush outdoor spots, some with panoramic views. In-room amenities run from the expected, like free WiFi and an iPod dock, to aromatic bespoke his-and-hers body products and movie star–worthy sun hats. A butler is assigned to each villa; he or she attends to each guest as much or as little as requested. The staff is so engaging that most guests quickly find themselves reliant. The bamboo-clad spa is a must, with a calming ambience, well-trained therapists, and an extensive menu of creative and restorative treatments. The repeating wood pattern throughout creates a simple but contemporary look that’s sustainable, thanks to renowned Singapore architectural firm WOHA. As for dining, Cire delivers inventive, fruit-filled breakfasts and healthy Western fare like marinated mackerel served with salmon roe vinaigrette and seared king prawns atop black rice risotto, enjoyed in a dining room decorated with 2,500 antique batik stamps. The Warung’s authentic Balinese dishes, like satay lilit and ayam betutu with red rice, are a good choice for sunset nibbles or a full Indonesian feast. And after indulging, it’s off to bed for a night’s rest—with the only sound the croak of geckos under the clear night sky.
In the Area
Head to Seminyak, an hour away, for butter-soft leather bags and python flip-flops at Wrkshp13, Prada-inspired frocks with Balinese prints at Namu (Jalan Petitenget 234X), and some good karma from crystal-infused bling at Anna Michielan. Sate your sweet tooth with homemade raw chocolates and other organic treats at the Bukit outpost of Bali Buddha. The black coral rock and the 11th-century temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu make for a stunning sight, hugging the Bukit cliffs. Locals believe the temple guards the island against evil spirits. Booked through the resort, Alila Journeys can include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef and visits to community projects supported by the hotel.
How to Get There
Having literally just arrived back to the UK after our honeymoon to Bali, I felt passionate to review the outstanding Alila Villas.We visited Seminyak, Ubud and then the final stop was in Uluwatu at the Alila. We were instantly treated with the utmost respect and the service was beyond anything I’ve experienced in all of my 38 years of travelling.The staff are just amazing and so friendly at all times. Breakfast every morning was different which was lovely to be surprised and again the food was to the highest standard. I would highly recommend eating at the Warung restaurant too for beautiful Indonesian cuisine for a really reasonable price. The pool villas are breathtaking with their architecture and the exquisite attention to detail.I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this place other than we are in love with it and are already in the process of planning a future trip and I will definitely be recommending this place to everyone I know.Absolute luxury!
Suitable for the slow pace of life, staff service attitude is very good, the environment is very beautiful, especially to pay special tribute to help us check in the housekeeper! He's really nice.In addition, the breakfast in the Western restaurant is not very tasty and can be improved with more fresh juice.
The staff were very attentive to every aspect of my stay and my surprise proposal. The photos on the websites do not do justice to the actual magnificent beauty of the entire property. Definitely worth every bit of money spent on such a luxurious escape.
My husband and I got engaged at Alila Uluwatu last year and it was by far the most beautiful resort I've visited my whole life. ((trust me when I say I've been to dozens of resorts!)) We decided to get married there this year and it was the best decision of our life. Amazing team (Dhanny, you are a star!), the food is delicious! It's so relaxing and we love every moment being there. We made a promise to come back once a year because it will always be a special place to us.
I loved the views (of the Indian Ocean) at the property. The architecture was lovely, and matched the grand views perfectly. The rm also had a huge range of their in-house products which was a nice touch. However, the room was not 100% clean (for luxury hotel standards - we saw a strand of hair, and some water stains etc.) and some parts of the property also looked like it needed touch up/renovation soon. The breakfast was also v average, notwithstanding the wide selection.